Category Archives: Middle East

The wider issue of travel bans goes beyond Trump

The debate over US President Donald Trump’s attempt to impose a ban on travel to the United States on people from seven majority Muslim countries continues. Tens of thousands of opponents to the measure have taken to the streets in … Continue reading

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The failure to predict

By Claude Salhani The Obama administra­tion will no doubt be blamed for the sad state of affairs that have plagued parts of the Middle East during its time in office. That would be justified in part in regards to the … Continue reading

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A look ahead at the Middle East in 2017

by Claude Salhani As a new year begins, journalists and analysts often try to project what may lay ahead for the Middle East during the next 12 months. What major changes are likely to occur? Will the conflicts that have … Continue reading

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Education is the only hope for the Middle East

by Claude Salhani  – Fierce fighting between a US-backed coalition, which includes support from Saudi Arabia, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates, is under way to oust the forces of the Islamic State (ISIS) from the Iraqi city of Mosul. … Continue reading

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Trump advocates grand theft of Arab oil

Donald Trump, the controversial Republi­can Party candidate for the White House, advocates stealing Iraqi and eventually Syrian oil if he were to become the 45th president of the United States. “The world should pay us for defending them,” said Trump … Continue reading

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Israel’s lesson from the Lebanon 1982 invasion: Keep out

Claude Salhani A high-ranking Israeli official on a visit to Washing­ton said Israel must be “sober and realistic” in addressing the current situation in its “dangerous neighbour­hood”. Moshe Yaalon, a former Israeli Defence minister and military chief of staff, told … Continue reading

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The culture of violence and death is self-defeating

By Claude Salhani The Arab Weekly The news has been rather depressing with the scale of violence reaching frightening propor­tions. And then there is Turkey, a country that was on the brink of becoming a fully fledged democracy slowly sliding … Continue reading

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A great review of Inauguration Day on Amazon.com 5.0 out of 5 stars Countdown to Assassination and Catastrophe By John R. Carpenter on June 29, 2016 Format: Paperback Verified Purchase In “Inauguration Day” a dramatic countdown begins to the day … Continue reading

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Is Hezbollah a terrorist organization?

from The Arab Weekly Claude Salhani The six oil- and gas-producing countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) recently declared the Leba­nese Shia movement Hezbollah a terrorist organisation, echoing what Israel and the United States have long maintained. Just one … Continue reading

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The Middle East in turmoil

The Arab Weekly Claude Salhani The civil war in Syria has unleashed a Pandora’s box of problems for the region and well beyond, drawing major powers into the conflict and escalating tensions to unprecedented danger levels, or at least to … Continue reading

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